The Week: Most Recent Social Issues:Immigration Reform recent posts.en-usWed, 06 Feb 2013 12:23:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Social Issues:Immigration Reform from THE WEEKWed, 06 Feb 2013 12:23:00 -0500How Obama is winning the immigration debate<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Will 2013 be the year that America finally gets comprehensive immigration reform? The GOP, still stinging after Mitt Romney garnered a measly&nbsp;27 percent of the Latino vote in November, seems almost eager to work with Democrats to pass a bipartisan immigration bill. And the public seems on board, too: New polls show that more Americans approve of President Obama's handling of immigration than disapprove, and that an overwhelming majority back just the sort of measures he's offering.</p><p class="p1">A new&nbsp;Gallup poll&nbsp;shows wide-ranging support for measures in Obama's plan. For instance, 72 percent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/keith-wagstaff" ><span class="byline">Keith Wagstaff</span></a>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:23:00 -0500Did Marco Rubio convince Rush Limbaugh to support immigration reform?<img src="" /></P><p>On Monday, conservative kingmaker Rush Limbaugh suggested he would lead the charge against a comprehensive immigration reform push from President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators, including Republican star Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). On Tuesday, Limbaugh took the unusual step of having Rubio on his radio show &mdash; and Rubio slew him, says Jon Ward at <em>The Huffington Post</em>. Limbaugh and his conservative talk radio colleagues were a big reason the 2006-07 push for an immigration overhaul failed, and this was the big test for reform proponents of the new legislative effort. "It probably could not...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:35:00 -0500President Obama's big immigration reform speech: Did it help or hurt?<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama on Tuesday delivered a forceful speech calling on Congress to overhaul the country's immigration system, declaring, "We're finally at a moment when comprehensive immigration reform is within our grasp." Obama's remarks came a day after a bipartisan group of eight senators released the outline of a reform plan, an effort that Obama praised. "For the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together."&nbsp;</p><p>However, Obama warned that he would take action if Congress failed to act. "If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:22:00 -0500Should Obama stay out of the immigration fight?<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama travels to Las Vegas on Tuesday to make his own push for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, a day after a group of eight senators unveiled their own bipartisan plan. Obama has made immigration reform one of the top priorities of his second term, mentioning it in his inaugural address, and planning to hammer it home in Las Vegas and his State of the Union address. "But a funny thing happened on the way to the border crossing," says Matthew Cooper at <em>National Journal</em>. A bipartisan group of senators has "taken up immigration reform in earnest with all the good-government diligence...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:48:00 -0500The intertwined fates of Marco Rubio and immigration reform<img src="" /></P><p>Perhaps the move by a handful of Senate Republicans and Democrats to press ahead on a compromise immigration reform package will not surprise many observers. The rationales on both sides are clear. President Barack Obama got some backlash during the presidential campaign from Latino voters, who responded to his promise of immigration reform in a second term by reminding Obama that he promised the same thing before his first term, and totally failed to deliver. Democrats have wanted to press forward on normalization for existing illegal immigrants for years, hoping to reap the benefit of the additional...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:38:00 -0500Is the new bipartisan push for immigration reform doomed?<img src="" /></P><p>One of the ways President George W. Bush famously tried to spend his political capital after winning re-election in 2004 was by pushing for a comprehensive immigration bill that included a long-shot chance for people who came to the U.S. illegally to earn citizenship. The bill died in Congress, thanks largely to Republican protestations about giving "amnesty" to lawbreaking immigrants. Now, President Obama is starting his own push for a comprehensive immigration bill on Tuesday, with an event in Las Vegas, and he has some help: A bipartisan group of senators, including on-and-off-again proponent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:35:00 -0500It's time for the GOP to cut a deal on immigration<img src="" /></P><p>The stunning results of the election last Tuesday produced the usual finger-pointing and recriminations, which will likely play out until the primaries for the midterm elections in 2014. Some, like Michael Barone, argue that the election took a bad turn when incompetent candidates like Todd Akin in Missouri poisoned the well for Republicans nationwide and played into Democratic rhetoric about the war on women. Others claim, with justification, that Republicans deluded themselves on their standing with the electorate all along, thanks to a distrust of media polling and an echo chamber on the Right...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:23:00 -0500Obama's immigration power play: 4 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>Tens of thousands of young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children are lining up to fill out paperwork that could let them live and work legally in the U.S., under an initiative by President Obama that took effect on Wednesday. The program offers fewer benefits than the Dream Act, which Congress rejected in 2010, as it doesn't offer applicants a path to citizenship. Still, GOP critics say it's a backdoor amnesty for the estimated 1.2 million people expected to apply for the renewable, two-year deportation deferments, and a naked ploy for Hispanic votes. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 16 Aug 2012 13:40:00 -04004 reasons the GOP is wary of attacking Obama's immigration overhaul<img src="" /></P><p>On Friday, President Obama dropped an election-year bombshell &mdash; opting to halt deportations of many illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. But though some on the Right have derided Obama &mdash; saying he unfairly dodged Congress to cynically court Latino votes &mdash; most Republicans have countered Obama's executive action with a relatively "muted" backlash. Even GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who took a hardline stance on immigration in the primary campaign, stopped short of declaring he would repeal the policy if elected, saying only that he would look at it while...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 18 Jun 2012 13:55:00 -0400Obama's immigration overhaul: Did he go too far?<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama announced Friday that he is immediately&nbsp;halting the deportation of all illegal immigrants&nbsp;age 30 and under who arrived in the U.S. as children and have abided by the law ever since. The president described the policy overhaul, which he implemented by executive order, as a bid to make the immigration system "more efficient, more fair, and more just." (His Rose Garden announcement of the new rule was briefly interrupted by a heckling reporter.) Roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants will now have the right to request work permits and stay in the country, although they won't...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 15 Jun 2012 16:15:00 -0400Exodus to Mexico: Is America's illegal immigration problem solved?<img src="" /></P><p>In a potentially historic shift, more Mexicans are now leaving the U.S. than entering, according to a Pew Hispanic Center study. The reversal appears to mark the end of a four-decade immigration wave that pushed the Mexican-born population in the U.S. to a peak of 12.6 million in 2007, before sliding back to 12 million since then. Pew listed a host of factors contributing to the trend, from falling Mexican birth rates to increased border control and deportations to a decline in jobs on this side of the border since the Great Recession. Does that mean that the hot-button issue of illegal immigration...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 24 Apr 2012 16:05:00 -0400Is Arizona's Sheriff Joe a racist?<img src="" /></P><p>Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., was handed an ultimatum on Thursday: Clean up his department's rampant and illegal racial discrimination or the federal government will see him in court. After a three-year investigation, the U.S. Justice Department accused the controversial immigrant-hunting sheriff of illegally jailing scores of Hispanic residents, often after trumped-up traffic stops; abusing Spanish-speaking inmates and denying them basic rights; and retaliating against critics. Arpaio shot back that the Obama administration was just using him as a "whipping boy," and supporter...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 16 Dec 2011 11:16:00 -0500Immigration paranoia: Why are Americans being arrested?<img src="" /></P><p>An already controversial Obama administration push to find and arrest illegal immigrants is facing a new round of criticism from civil rights and immigrant groups, who say that documented U.S. citizens are being detained under the program. How often is this really happening? Here, a brief guide to the federal government's immigration crackdown, and some of its unforeseen consequences:<br /><br /><strong>Are immigration agents really detaining U.S. citizens?</strong><br />Yes, at least in a flurry of recent cases. These people are typically picked up by local police for other reasons &mdash; U.S. citizen Antonio Montejano of Los...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Dec 2011 18:34:00 -0500Should 'citizen juries' decide illegal immigrant status?<img src="" /></P><p>When former House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed creating a legal mechanism to allow millions of long-term, established illegal immigrants to gain permanent residency, his GOP presidential rivals pounced, attacking him for supporting "amnesty." Gingrich denied that, explaining in Florida over the weekend that under his plan, the onerous "path to legality" would run through local "citizen juries" that would ultimately decide the legal status of eligible immigrants with deep community ties. "It requires trusting citizens rather than bureaucrats," he said. Is his idea smart?</p><p><strong>Even hard-liners should...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 28 Nov 2011 11:07:00 -0500The 'dramatic' decline in illegal immigration: 3 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Politicians have long engaged in bitter debates over how to stop illegal immigration. But new data from the U.S. and Mexico suggest the problem may be fading away on its own, at least temporarily. Mexican census figures show that net migration to the U.S. border is nearly zero, as fewer Mexicans make the trip north and many who have crossed the border return to Mexico. And the U.S. Border Patrol arrested only 304,755 people trying to cross into the Southwest without papers in the 11 months that ended in August, down from a peak of 1.6 million in 2000. What's behind the "dramatic" change? Here,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 17 Nov 2011 06:10:00 -0500Is Alabama's tough immigration law turning kids into bullies?<img src="" /></P><p>Hispanic parents in Alabama say their kids have been facing increasing bullying in school since the state's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants took effect last month. It remains unclear how bad the problem has gotten, especially since the state hasn't received any formal complaints. Here, a brief guide to the tense atmosphere in a state trying to stamp out illegal immigration: <br /><br /><strong>What kind of bullying are we talking about?</strong><br />One Mexican woman who entered the U.S. illegally said her son, a 7th grader, was among a group of Hispanic boys who beat a team of Alabama-born boys in a game of pickup basketball...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 24 Oct 2011 14:45:00 -0400